Matt came to First ARP Church as Associate Pastor in June of 2010 after graduating from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO.
Matt is a native of the Garden State, where he grew up with six brothers and sisters, while his dad served as a pastor of the Pompton Plains Reformed Bible Church. He loves the Steelers, the ocean, and Carolina weather.
Matt is a graduate of Geneva College where he met Sabrina his beautiful wife. The Kuikens were blessed with a sweet daughter, Cora, soon after they came to Gastonia, in 2013 with a son, Cooper, and in 2015 with a daughter, Leona. They also have an accomplished racing dachshund named Bandit.
Matt was called as Senior Pastor in June of 2013. His passion is to make known the Gospel of Grace to all people and to see God’s grace transform lives.
Dr. Jeff Morrison
Associate Pastor of Adult Ministries and Education
Jeff Morrison joined the staff of First ARP Church in May of 2014, having served churches in the PC(USA), the EPC, and the PCA in various capacities. He is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC.
Jeff grew up in upstate South Carolina and is a die-hard Clemson fan (GO TIGERS!!!) and enjoys reading, running, playing the guitar, and spending time with his family. He has been married to Cathy, the love of his life, for almost twenty-five years and together they have three wonderful children: Abigail, Andrew, and Ian.
His ministry focus and highest joy is seeing people experience God’s radical grace and freedom as they put their hope in the finished work of Christ.
Rebecca has been a member of First ARP since 1980. She is now serving on the staff for a second time. A graduate of Bryan College, Dayton, Tennessee; she majored in Christian Education. The first nineteen years of ministry were focused on Christian Education. After returning to our staff in January 2005, she now concentrates on Children’s Ministry (Birth-5th grade). She is married with 2 children.
Leslie has been on staff since 1999. She is married and has two sons. Leslie joined First ARP church in November 1990. For nine years she served in a lay capacity with the nursery ministry.
Dr. Heather Potter
Director of Music
Heather Potter serves as the Director of Music with emphasis in Youth and Children’s Music. She is also an Associate Conductor of the Charlotte Children’s Choir. Dr. Potter frequently conducts treble ensembles for music conferences and festival choirs and presents children’s choir training workshops. She has a special interest in helping children and youth realize the importance of their role as worship leaders through choral participation.
Dr. Kenney Potter
Director of Adult Choirs
Kenney Potter directs the adult choirs at First ARP. He is also Director of Choral Activities and Music Education at Wingate University. Kenney holds degrees in music education from Florida State University and Portland State University and a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Kenney brings a passion for musical excellence to our worship.
Director of 8:30 Worship Music